Time to change…

People talk a about changing their life a lot. It takes a long time to change. It can cost you money, time or relationships. Even worse, it could cost you all three!

Some people know what they want to change, they just don’t know how to change.

And some people don’t know what they want to change, they just know they are REALLY unhappy.

It’s hard. It hurts. It can be debilitating.

Part of the reason why it’s so tough is because from a young age, we are conditioned to believe certain things about ourselves, who we are, what we stand for, who we should spend time with, and what we should do for a living.

If as an adult — at any stage of adulthood we get an inkling that we aren’t living the life we should be, it can be too difficult to change as it would challenge every belief we have, and potentially alienate ourselves from those who are closest to us.

It wasn’t too long ago that out of sheer desperation I asked Google “Who am I?”. This moment reminded me of those AI movies where the robot has an existential crisis — “who am I… if you programmed me?”. There’s always a joyous moment where the robot comes into their own and realises unique characteristics that differentiate themselves from other robots.

While I haven’t had this moment yet — I feel like after a relatively long 33 years on this planet I am a little bit closer.

In regards to my career, after chasing a good salary for the last ten years I’ve realised that there are a few things more important to me than money, at a core value level.

1. Using the skills and experience I have to help as many people as I can with the greatest impact possible

2. Spending my time with people who have a growth mindset, a strong work ethic and treat each other with respect every day

3. Being challenged every single day, and growing in my capability thus

4. Having FUN while doing the above

I wasn’t 100% certain that a career in Technology was for me. But having started the 6 month Fast Track 6 month Web App Development Bootcamp at CoderFactory — I’m really excited to see where it could take me. I can see that everything I’ve listed above can definitely happen in a tech role — or if I start a tech business of my own. Technology is the one thing these days that can help me reach other people globally, in an instant.

In theory, after this six months I should come out a Junior Full Stack Web Developer who can code in two technology stacks — Ruby on Rails & JavaScript MEAN stack (AngularJS, NODE.js, REACTJS), with the course finished off with a one month internship for an “on the job experience”.

The bootcamp content is super challenging; the students are encouraged to work together to solve new problems each day and the teachers are extremely supportive.

So far we’ve downloaded Ruby 2.4, learnt how to navigate Terminal on Mac and we’re working though some exercises that will increase our Ruby capability. We’re also hitting the Meetup scene as a group in Melbourne Australia, and are making valuable connections to other developers — and even hiring managers who are interested in meeting fresh talent that will be looking for a job in six month’s time.

Well that’s it from me for now — I’ll keep you posted on my progress!